Sunday, September 19, 2010
It's a Quiet Sunday Here
The other big event of the day was my daughter, Katherine's homecoming dance. Her group of friends gathered at their friend Shirley's house, so I went over there to take pictures of them. They all looked so cute! I then had to run off to olive garden to put my name in for a table for 15 at Olive Garden (I've been the chosen one for this fun (haha) job for a few years now! The wait was 45-50 minutes, but I had one of my favorite magazines, Traditional Home, to look through, plus I chatted with other people waiting for their tables! Finally, about 15 minutes before their table was ready, the gang arrived and I was excused from my duties!
Our house is getting close to being an empty nest. Pretty weird. It's like it happened in a flash! (Although time never seemed to be going fast enough when my two youngest, Mark and Katherine, were fighting all the time!). My son Mark is a freshman at Ohio University, and my older daughter, Lindsey, has been out of the house for quite awhile (she's 27). So just Katherine, 17, here now! I have mixed feelings about it. Like I said, it just flew by.
But, I have to admit, it's kind of fun to just go out whenever my husband, Bob, and I want to! Last night around 8:00 pm we decided to just run up to one of our favorite restaurants, Salmon Daves, and get a table at the bar and order appetizers (and I had the yummiest mango and basil martini).
So, what was I saying? Oh yeah, it's quiet here today. I did make a delicious and easy casserole with some of the leftover spaghettti sauce that I had from a cross country dinner we had for Katherine and her cross country team (that was a loud group!). So I didn't want the sauce to go to waste since there was so much leftover!
I sauteed onions and mushrooms in olive oil and butter and then added the sauce. I added garlic salt, italian seasoning, and pepper flakes (I love the added "kick"). To my pot of boiling water I added whatever pasta I had, just to use it up. I added some lasagna noodles (broken up), and some cute squiggly pasta, and this other favorite of Katherine's. It's fun to just use whatever you have!
Oh-and I decided to add some heavy cream to the sauce (this is not a diet casserole!).
Then I mixed the cooked noodles with the sauce. I put a layer of that in a casserole. Then added lots of mozzerella cheese. Then I added the rest of the noodle sauce combo. Then more cheese, italian seasoning, freshly grated parmesano reggiano and popped it in the oven at 350 for about 20-25 minutes.
Soooo good!! I like to make things like this on Sunday for us to eat during the week for lunch. Plus Bob will bring some to his Mom!
Anyways...I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!